Artists for Conservation

Central Colorado Conservancy’s Artists for Conservation program supports local artists while the artists support conservation of the lands and waters that inspire them. Artists receive membership benefits, plus opportunities to participate in special artists’ events and exhibit spaces, where a portion of proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s work.

Contact Membership Coordinator Julie Richardson at for more information about the program, or download a Membership Form.

Thank you to our Artists for Conservation members!

Evelyn Gottschall Baker
PO Box 4504
Buena Vista, CO 81211

As a fused glass artist, Evelyn finds inspiration from the natural landscape and elements of nature with Chaffee County, noting that she will never run out of subject matter.

Laura Barton
Barton Design, INC
P.O. Box 1120
Salida, CO 81201

Laura is an oil plein air painter focusing on impressionist landscapes and native animals, who says that painting en plein air nourishes her soul and puts her immediately in the present moment. She believes the natural beauty that surrounds us everyday is vital to all of us in our connection to the earth and to ourselves: “Central Colorado Conservancy protects and preserves special places so that future generations have the benefits we enjoy today, thus nourishing souls for generations to come!”

PJ Bergin
Studio 126
P.O. Box 868; 126 1/2 F St.
Salida, CO 81201

PJ is a contemporary, abstract artist working with mulberry paper, natural beeswax, and calligraphy to create colorful textual artwork. Central Colorado provides many places for her to explore and clear her mind after a long day in the studio. While enjoying these areas, she is inspired by the abundance of color and textures in nature, which becomes the inspiration for her artwork.

Fay Golson
304 East 2nd St.
Salida, CO 81201

A mixed media artist, Fay uses her powers of imagination, respect for our worldly creatures, plant life, rock formations, and the mighty seas as major influences in her work.

Robert Gray
17150 County Road 362
Buena Vista, CO  81211

Robert crafts lathe turned vessels from Colorado Aspen trees (populus tremuloides) — a Colorado icon. When a large Aspen tree dies and is downed by the wind, it is his time to place steel to wood and create an Aspen vessel.

Fred Hubicki
217 Palmer St.
Salida, CO 81201

Fred paints plein air landscapes as well as the people in them. He works in oil on canvas. “The clear, clean air and the stillness of the high country nurtures my soul and inspires my art,” he says.

Nora Larimer
P.O. Box 845
Buena Vista, CO 81211
719-966-5185/ 719-221-9398

As a watercolor, oil, tiles artist, Nora has painted on location all over Chaffee County and beyond.  The drama and natural beauty found in Central Colorado is like no other, she says, with the changing skies, mountains, and seasonal wildflowers being definite highlights.

Susan Mayfield
P.O. Box 506
Salida, CO 81201

A pastel and oil landscape painter, Susan says she is inspired anew every time she walks out of the house, takes a hike or drives down any road in any direction and observes the glorious landscape that surrounds us here in Central Colorado.

Patti Vincent
536 East 1st St., Unit O
Salida, CO 81201

As an oil painter and printmaker, Central Colorado’s sights, sounds, and sunshine nourish Patti’s desire to paint and print.

Gary White
12896 Highway 291
Salida, CO 81201

An oil painter, Gary grew up in Colorado. Much of his inspiration for painting comes from the wildlife and open space Central Colorado has to offer, and he believes it is very important to conserve these resources.

Mary Hansen Wolfe
858 Crestone Ave.
Salida, CO  81201

An oil and pastel watercolor painter who focuses on landscapes and old vehicles, Mary says that our undeveloped outdoors feeds our souls: “The outdoors is the source for my creativity,” she says.

Sherrie York
1103 Airport Road  #C3
Salida, CO 81201

A self-taught relief printmaker, Sherrie enjoys employing the versatility and innate graphic qualities to celebrate the beauty of nature and to invite conversations about environmental issues.